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Japan

Is Japan the Role Model for Middle-Power Diplomacy?

Thursday, December 2, 2021

Japan could demonstrate how a middle power can successfully set a path through the treacherous terrain of the great power rivalry.

China

Testing Indo-Pacific Security Partnerships: India’s Deployment of Russian Missiles

Thursday, December 2, 2021

Washington must consider India’s key role in challenging China, both within and outside the emerging Quad framework.

China

Why I Left Hong Kong: The Hidden Crisis of Covid-19

Thursday, November 25, 2021

A personal reflection on leaving Hong Kong due to its public-health policies and the pressures they imposed.

The Nature of the Putin Regime: A Case of Successful Political Mimicry

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

In his initial years in power Russian President Vladimir Putin sought to tap into people’s nostalgia, presenting himself as a Soviet-style leader.

China

How Jump-Starting China’s Circular Economy Strategy Can Bolster its Net-Zero Climate Ambitions

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Drawing on its own experience and lessons from other nations, China could portray the circular economy as a future-proof, carbon-neutral economic development model.

Global

Why Efforts to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals are Flagging: An Emerging Economy Perspective

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

The pathway to 2030 is likely to be set by the standards, practices, and policies of the non-state business sector.

Indonesia

Indonesia’s Struggle to Balance Growth and Social Equity

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Standing in the way are historical and systemic obstacles, not least corruption and environmental decay.

Afghanistan

The Fall of Kabul: Lessons for the Future of Political Islam from the Muslim Brotherhood's Experience in Egypt

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

The swift return to power of the Taliban will have far-reaching and long-term implications for the global Islamic movement.

China

Japan’s Taiwan Policy – Is Deeper Engagement the New Normal?

Thursday, September 9, 2021

Suga Yoshihide’s successor as prime minister will have to navigate a tricky environment.

Indonesia

Do You Hear the People Tweet?: The Role of Social Media in Indonesia’s Foreign Policy

Thursday, September 2, 2021

Are Indonesia’s diplomats in danger of being influenced by those who shout loudest on Twitter and Facebook?

Global

Can Covid-19 Reverse Myanmar’s Destructive Path?

Thursday, August 5, 2021

The coronavirus vaccine could be a lever to change the junta’s behavior – and save lives.

Indonesia

Crisis Leadership Tested: Indonesia’s Response to a Covid-19 Second Wave

Thursday, July 15, 2021

The country may be better served if President Joko Widodo signals a commitment to democracy by not running for a third term.

China

The New “Cold War” – and Why The US Cannot Win It

Tuesday, June 29, 2021

The past success of the US came not through projecting values such as democracy and freedom but by expanding its economy and borrowing from authoritarian playbooks.

The Olympics and Covid-19: Suga’s Run for Political Gold

Thursday, June 17, 2021

Could the prime minister take a victory lap after a successful Games and then bag the gold at the polls?

India

India’s Covid Crisis: Minimum Government, Minimum Governance

Thursday, May 6, 2021

The second wave of coronavirus devastating India would have crippled most governments. But Narendra Modi is no ordinary leader.

China

Sense and Sensitivities: China and Hollywood at Odds in the Cinema World

Thursday, April 29, 2021

Hollywood’s relationship with China — a marriage of convenience headed for divorce over irreconcilable differences.

China

Return of the Returnees?: Dual Citizenship and Hong Kong’s Global Talent Base

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

The passage of the national security law and China's suppression of the democratic movement in Hong Kong could mean the end of the supply of global talent.

Global

Clinging to the Conventional: Enduring Presuppositions Can Kill

Thursday, April 8, 2021

What is required is a global conversation to address an age-old challenge: the balancing act of modifying or dismantling existing dogma and presupposition.